addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscontroller-playcredit-cardcrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobe--smallglobegmailgooglegroupshelp-with-circleimageimagesinstagramFill 1launch-new-window--smalllight-bulblinklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1ShapeoutlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonprintShapeShapeShapeShapeImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruserwarningyahoo

Help write Open NY Forum's history…

From: noel h.
Sent on: Thursday, September 6, 2012 2:10 PM
Good afternoon everyone,

It is hard to image that we are approaching our fourth year of organising for a more Open New York! Over the past few months, there have been quite a few conversations about the future. How do we sustain our work? How do we make a lasting impact on future NYC Governments? How do we broaden the umbrella of open advocates while helping stimulate economic development and enshrining Open Data as a civil right? 

Answering these questions are not easy… But help is on its way!

To give our group a solid foundation, the organizers have started to write the "history of Open NY." While mostly grounded in events, we would love input and feedback. Feel free to click on this link < > or email me your comments to the document below…


Mission Statement:

The OpenNY Forum provides a space in which members of New York's many civic-minded communities and institutions can work together to build a better a more open city and state. We focus on the intersection of open government and civic technology. Our group is non-partisan in its approach, focused instead on common goals and improving our shared systems and infrastructure.


Originally organized as “Open Government NYC Meetup”, this community started meeting in March of 2009.

Meetup group created: September 15, 2008
First meeting: March
Founder: Matt Cooperrider
Current Organizers: Noel Hidalgo & Philip Ashlock (Circa Fall/Winter 2009)
Reported Members: 500 +
Meetup URL (Primary site):
Google Group (direct, defunct):
Google Group (related, quiet):
Related Meetups:

Timeline of events:


- March, Matt Cooperrider starts meetup group and runs first event called "Mapping the Territory” - and 35 people attend, with local media coverage:
- Participation Camp, in the lead up to Personal Democracy Forum's annual conference, Open NY hosted a two day unconference focused on new ideas and tools to support citizen participation in Government. < > and < >
- Community testimony to Coucilmember Brewer's committee on a proposed Open Data Law.
- Organised three BigApps Dev Camp to seed the's call for datasets and idealised apps.
-- BigApps Dev Camp #1 -
-- BigApps Dev Camp #2 -
-- BigApps Dev Camp #3 -
- Demanded that BigApps campaign/challenge become more transparent < >.
- CapitolCamp: Collaborated with the New York State Senate and New York State Chief Information Officer / Office of Technology to produce CapitalCamp, the first unconference inside a State Capitol building. < >
- Open NY Summit & Codeathon, a continuation of Participation Camp where attendants briefed on the status of projects and tools. YouTube Playlist for this event: (7 vids, including Matt’s summary of OpenNY past and present)


- Coordinated with Personal Democracy Forum's evening salon.
- Provided testimony to NY City Council on Open Data (June 16)
-- Video testimony
-- Committee Blog
-- NY Senate CIO, Andrew Hoppin,
-- See Click Fix
-- Digital Democracy
- Lobbied the organizers of NYC’s BigApps campaign to host public information sessions around datasets and goals of the competition. < >
- Organized a panel sesion for Re:Group, beyond models of consensus < >. This was a series of conversations, workshops, and installations at Eyebeam focusing on authorised and unauthorised "crowd sourcing".


- Partnered with New Work City, an NYC coworking office space, to be part of New Work University. New Work City University < > was a series of monthly classes and workshops focusing on cutting edge conversations affecting the NYC technology / start up community.
- Introduced NYC's Chief Digital Officer to the technology community.
- Hosted OpenGov Camp, an unconference about tools for change. < >
- In Spring, spearheaded the creation of the Transparency Work Group linking together NYC's civil liberty organisations and policy technologists to advocate for the passing of's open data legislation.
- At, a municipal hackathon to reimaging, members of the Open NY community won the best interface award
- Through Spring and into winter, Open NY’s organizing efforts are invested in working and negotiation with NYC’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and NY City Council to bring about the right legal language we want to see in the City’s Open Data Law.


- Focused efforts on private conversations with City Councilmembers and NYC’s DoITT to further developments on (then Intro-29a) Local Law 11 and open data efforts in NYC.
- Local Law 11 is passed. This law is heralded as the most progressive municipal open data law. < > and < >
- NYC Open Data Policy Hack Day < >, members of the community preorganized responces and atteneded with a list of suggestions that were incorperated into the OpenData Standards < >.
- Members of the Open NY community organize PDF Applied < >, bringing leading civic “hackers” together with practitioners in government and NGOs to build tools that enhance civic life through technology-driven innovation.


Sent from a Apple //c Plus

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy